Faith Formation

Parents are the first educators of their children as a God-given responsibility. They are the first to introduce the faith to their children.Parents exercise this fundamental responsibility with the aid and support of both the Church and civil community. Both have a vested interest and responsibility in education of the young.Parents possess the fundamental right to choose the formative tools that support their convictions and fulfill their duty as the first educators.

~USCCB

Elementary Faith Formation

Tuesday Mornings, 7:45am-9:0am

Our Elementary Faith Formation program takes place during the school day.  Students take a bus to and from Pewamo-Westphalia Elementary School to St. Joseph School.  Traditionally, this allowed for both public school and St. Joseph School students to gather together to learn about their faith. In order to protect all of our students during this pandemic, students are currently learning virtually.

Curriculum

Our Kindergartend-5th grade students use Ruah Wood Press Theology of the Body. This program is a designed to help your child see God in every part of their life.  This program also helps students see that God is in charge and working in their lives through each other and through all of creation.  Click the Ruah Woods logo to learn more about this amazing program.

In order to best prepare our second grade students to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, we have chosen the Spirit of Truth program from Sophia Institute Press. This program is specifically designed to help your child understand the importance and true meaning of both of these Sacraments. Click the Sophia Institute Press logo to learn more about how we are preparing your child for First Sacraments.

Vacation Bible School

We offer an interactive and fun summer opportunity for students Kindergarten through fourth grade. Older students (fifth grade through high school) are encouraged to help by serving during this program.

Vacation Bible School is a once per week event that runs for 5 weeks, typically starting the week following July 4th. The 2021 Summer theme is All About St. Joseph. Check back soon or watch the bulletin for more information on how to help and participate.

Middle School Faith Formation

Monday Evenings 7:30-8:30 pm

Our Middle School Program takes place Monday evenings.  Traditionally, classes would be held at St. Joseph School. However, in order to protect all of our students during this pandemic, students are currently learning virtually.

Curriculum

Our sixth and seventh grade students focus on the Catechism. The specific topics vary based on Liturgical Season and student participation. We believe that a group discussion on topics that interest the teens helps them to embrace their faith more fully. Click the image of the YouCat to learn more about this teen focused catechism.

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Eighth grade students prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation using the Chosen Series by Ascension Press. This program is specifically designed to help teens embrace their faith and prepare them for an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit. Click the image of the Chosen book to learn more about how we are preparing your child for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

High School Faith Formation

Monday Evenings 7:30-8:30 pm

Our High School Program takes place Monday evenings.  Traditionally, small groups meet in the home of the small group leader or one of the students. Our high school catechists pass on their faith through mentorship. High school faith formation is intended to help the students relate to their faith daily and we help provide living examples of what it is like to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Each grade level has a theme for the year. Freshmen focus on prayer and how to incorporate it more intentionally in ones life. Sophomores focus on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. This teaches them the acts of discipleship. Juniors focus on evangelization and how to evangelize to those in your life from where they currently are on their faith journey. Finally, seniors focus on Theology of the Body and the fullness of our faith as it relates to all matters within human life.

Teen Focused Liturgy

In order to help our teens embrace their faith more fully, we are offering Monday Night Liturgies specifically designed for teens. Each night includes Liturgy (type of liturgy will vary depending on topic of the night), a speaker and more. Some of the events held thus far include a Community Reconciliation Service, an evening on the Liturgy of the Hours, Praise and Worship with Adoration and more. Dates may vary depending on speakers and other parish events. Please see the bulletin or events listed on the home page for upcoming events.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, also called RCIA, is the process in which an adult joins the Catholic Church. This process is individualized based on the person participating. Each person is walking a specific path and thus needs a specified approach to help them pick up where they are and continue on to a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith and their personal relationship with God.

If you would like to learn more about the basic steps of the RCIA process, we encourage you to visit beginningcatholic.com. Each step of this process helps the Inquirer (you) learn more about the Catholic Church, more about Sacred Scripture & Tradition and helps you build your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, our One True King.

We encourage you to contact our parish office for more information about joining the Church. Please contact Monica Mabe at 989-403-8855 or complete this form to start your personalized journey today!

Adult Formation

From book studies, to mom’s groups, to ministries and liturgy. Our parish has many opportunities available for adults who are seeking to deepening their relationship with God and practice their faith more fully.

Check out the home page of the website to see what events and activities are available at this time.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids has partnered with the Catechetical Institute to receive authentically Catholic resources that help to form those within your parish or your school who are forming others.  All the workshops are available to every person in our parish or school, at no cost to you!   Hundreds of workshops in all ministry fields are being developed for this platform, to allow a diocese to thoroughly train and spiritually nurture any person involved in passing on the faith.  Learn more about this amazing program contact Monica Mabe at evangelization@stjosephpewamo.org.

Have an Idea? Help us Grow!

We are always looking for new ways to help share the faith with our community. Do you have an idea for a book study, speaker, or event? We would love to hear from you!

Are there additional resources you would like shared on our website or with our parish family? Please let us know!

Complete this form to help our Faith Formation department grow and serve our parish better.

Online Resources

  • FORMED.org
    • Thousands of Catholic movies, programs, audio, and books instantly at your fingertips, for FREE.
  • Catholic Central
    • Short video clips, intended for teens, which help to explain the tenants of our Catholic faith through humor and a youthful approach.
  • Sophia Institute Sketchpad
    • Short video clips, intended for youth and teens, which discuss the Sacraments.
  • I’m Beggar
    • I’m Beggar is geared toward older teens and those who prefer guided reflection. These videos will help you enter deeper into your faith.
  • Word on Fire
    • Bishop Robert Barron is proclaiming Christ in the culture. From book studies to podcasts and videos, Bishop Barron helps you find your faith in your daily life.
  • Ascension Presents
    • These podcasts feature Fr. Mike Schmitz, Dr. Edward Sri, Jeff Cavins and more. Faith topics for our current times.
  • Catholic Icing
    • This website offers hundreds of ideas for at-home Catholic learning activities. It features hands-on activities, coloring pages and lessons for our younger Catholics. It’s the perfect way to help fill those “bored” gaps in your schedule.
  • Protecting Young Eyes
    • Are you a tech-ready parent? In today’s ever changing digital world, we must do everything we can to protect our children. This website helps you stay on-top of the advancements and risks of digital usage for children.
  • Virtus Online
    • St. Joseph Parish, and the Diocese of Grand Rapids, are committed to keeping children safe from all those who which to harm them. We participate in the Virtus- Protecting God’s Children program. To learn more, please contact the parish office.
  • Remind.com
    • This program is used to notify families in case of a change in schedule or a class cancellation. If you have children participating in our Faith Formation program, please contact the parish office to learn more about signing up.